|Born||August 24, 1960
Time in space
|7d 22h 12m|
|Missions||Soyuz TM-13, Soyuz TM-12|
Franz Artur Viehböck (born August 24, 1960 in Vienna) is an Austrian electrical engineer, and was Austria's first astronaut, and thus titulated „Austronaut“ by his country's media. He visited the Mir space station in 1991 aboard Soyuz TM-13, returning aboard Soyuz TM-12 after spending just over a week in space.
Together with Clemens Lothaller, he was selected for the Soviet-Austrian space project Austromir 91. After two years of training he was chosen for the mission, and launched on October 2, 1991 together with the Russian cosmonauts Alexander A. Volkov and the Kazakh Toktar Aubakirov in Soyuz TM-13 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport.
At the Mir space station he conducted 15 experiments in the fields of space medicine, physics and space technology, together with the cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergey Krikalev. Viehböck returned after 7 days and 22 hours with Soyuz TM-12, and landed in Kazakhstan on October 10.
The following two years he gave numerous lectures on the mission, then went to the United States and worked for Rockwell. When Rockwell was taken over by Boeing he became Director for International Business Development in Vienna. Later he was assigned Technologiebeauftragter (technology coordinator) of Lower Austria.
Viehböck resides in Berndorf, Lower Austria. He is married, his daughter Carina was born during his space mission. The only other space traveller who became parent while on orbit is Randolph Bresnik (NASA).
Notes and references
- "Boeing Opens Office in Vienna to Augment Service to European Customers". Boeing. 1999-06-14. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Franz Viehböck site
- Project AUSTROMIR 91 site
- Spacefacts biography of Franz Viehböck
- Official agreement on the flight